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Cake Pop Christmas Tree
Are you looking for a centerpiece that is more than just pretty… look no further! This Christmas cake pop tree would make a great centerpiece for your holiday table. Not only is it festive for a holiday celebration, but the cake pops are sure to be a big hit too. And by the way, you can make it for less than $10 ($4 for the actual cake pops and about $6 for the Styrofoam display)! The recipe I use makes approximately 36 cake pops, so when you think about how much it would cost to buy 3 dozen cake pops at $1.50 per pop… well, you can see that you are make this for only a fraction of what it would cost to buy it ready-made.
Making the Cake Pops
There is no perfect science to making these, unless you buy a kit. I just made a spice cake, cooled it, and crumbled it up finely into a large mixing bowl. This is where you just kind of need to add spoonful by spoonful until you get to the right consistency. I ended up adding about 1/2 of a 16 oz. container of icing. Don’t be afraid to get in there with your hands and mix it. You know it is ready when it can be rolled into cake balls about 1″ and they keep their form without falling apart.
Next you will put the sticks in for the cake pops. To do this, melt a small amount of chocolate wafers. You will dip the stick in the melted chocolate about 1/2 in then put into the cake ball. After these are all in, put in refrigerator to solidify the sticks so they hold.
After the chocolate has dried on the sticks and they are solidly in place, melt more chocolate wafers in a bowl. I melt them in the microwave at 50% power, in 30 second increments. Of course, you can use a double broiler as well. Just use whatever colors and flavors you want. Dip the pop in, swirl around until coated on all sides, let the excess drip off and then poke into a large piece of floral foam for the chocolate coating to dry. If you are going to decorate with sprinkles, nuts or any other candy crumbles, you will need to do this immediately because the chocolate will dry very quickly once on the cake pop.
Presentation is Everything!
I like to wrap each cake pop in it’s own individual candy bag and close it with a twist-tie or ribbon. From here, you can poke them into a decorated foam stand, lay them on a plate or pedestal, or whatever creative way you can think of!
For the Christmas Tree look:
- I made a special cake pop for the star on top… just covered in white chocolate and then covered with yellow/gold sprinkles.
- Each ornament cake pop is covered with different sprinkles and multi-colored tie twisties.
- Spray paint a foam craft cone and glue it to a small cardboard cake plate.
- Decorate with greenery, poinsettias, ribbons, berries…
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Add style to any outfit you have with a stylish infinity scarf this holiday season and throughout the winter. The best part of all is these scarves can be purchased for less than $10 at Old Navy, or you can even make one and maybe save a few bucks more!
This fleece infinity scarf is so soft, but the striped design is stylish enough to add to my sparkly sweater to make it a great evening or holiday outfit. Wear with your favorite jeans for a casual event or with leggings and boots for a great party look.
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